We are currently accepting applications from legal practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge and capabilities on the use of EU law to protect human rights throughout Europe. Participants in the course will obtain an in-depth understanding of EU law and Human Rights, learning about topics including:

• Human rights and civil society protections under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and various national laws
• Procedures for using and triggering Article 7 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU), which provides for Suspension of Certain Rights of Member States for human rights violations
• How to use EU laws to respond to restrictive national legislation that interferes with the independent operation of the judiciary
• The admissibility of claims before EU Courts
• EU and ECHR case law limiting restrictions of fundamental rights
• How to access relevant EU documents


Session Dates:

SESSION 1: OCTOBER 16 – 30, 2020 (ONLINE)
SESSION 2: NOVEMBER 13 – 14, 2020 (IN PRAGUE, TBD)
SESSION 3: MARCH 2020, DATES TBD (ONLINE)
SESSION 4: MAY 2020, DATES TBD (IN PRAGUE)
(SELECTED APPLICANTS SHOULD COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL SESSIONS)


Faculty for the course will include prominent law professors, practitioners at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, and representatives of European Institutions (e.g., EU Ombudsman, DG Justice, and the Agency on Fundamental Rights). The course will consist of online and in-person sessions in Prague. Online sessions will consist of 2-3 online lectures, quizzes, tests, study materials, video presentations, etc. In-person sessions will take place in Prague and will last usually 2 days. Applicants should be able to commit to attending all sessions of the course. For all accepted applicants, the CEELI Institute will cover all costs associated with attending in-person sessions of the course. The course will be highly interactive and will include moot court sessions, case studies, small group activities, and traditional lectures. The course will be held in English.


Candidates must be (citizens or legal residents) of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Ukraine, to qualify for the full scholarship.


TO APPLY FOR THE COURSE, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

To apply, please send the following to Lilia Festa Zaripova via email at: lilia.festazaripova@ceeli.eu

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • A personal statement outlining your reasons for wishing to attend the program and what you believe your contribution will be (up to 250 words)

All applicants will be notified as to their acceptance status on a rolling basis.